Professional Experience

Freelance writer and editor with 14 years of journalism experience and a wide range of interests and expertise including but not limited to: food and cooking, gardening and urban agriculture, “green” technologies, books and publishing, theater and dance, the environment, and urban history.

Freelance Writer

  • Author of the critically acclaimed Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate Publishing, 2011)
  • Journalist and critic published in the Chicago ReaderTime Out ChicagoBookforum, the Washington Post, and the Baffler.
  • Contributing writer, The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts (2009), a curriculum guide published by Chicago Public Schools.
  • Contributing writer, Insight Guide to Chicago and Insight Guide to Florida travel guidebooks (2008). Clips available on request.
  • Freelance Editor

  • Managing editor, The Opera Quarterly (2010-present)
  • Associate managing editor, Plate (2012-present)
  • Copy editor, Chicago Tribune (2010-2012)
  • Editor, Go to 2040 Food Systems Report for the Chicago Metropolitan Region (2009), commissioned by the Chicago Community Trust and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
  • Editor, Museyon Guides (2009)
  • Founding editor of Maxine: A literate companion for churlish girls and rakish women (1995-2000) an annual independent magazine.
  • Chicago Reader

    Senior Editor (2006-2007), Associate Editor (2003-2006), Assistant Editor (1998-2003)

    In ten years at the Chicago Reader I worked closely with freelance writers and editorial staff to develop, copy edit, and fact check features, news stories, and arts reviews for Chicago’s largest alternative weekly. As books editor I assigned and edited long- and short-form book reviews and all other content relating to books and publishing. As special projects editor I coordinated the content of an annual food issue, a regional travel issue, and the “Chicago 101” guides to Chicago, plus regular neighborhood guides and other pullouts and special content.

    As the paper’s first restaurants editor I collaborated with a Web developer and a writer to create and maintain the Reader Restaurant Finder, a searchable online database of Chicago restaurants, developed weekly content for the restaurant section, and later edited the Reader’s blog on food and drink.

    As a staff writer I compiled a weekly arts calendar, and wrote features on a wide range of subjects, including urban history, food and urban agriculture, the restaurant industry, and the local literary scene, as well as book reviews, restaurant reviews, and service copy as needed. Clips available.

    I also served as the editorial liaison to an interdepartmental promotions committee  and in 2004 was one of 12 members of a steering committee convened to redesign the paper’s layout and content.

    University of Chicago Press

    Advertising Coordinator (1997-1999)
    Scheduled, purchased, and trafficked display advertising for a university press publishing 200+ titles a year. Also oversaw in-house design and production team and worked with marketing manager, publicists, and editors to develop and implement publicity plans.

    Editorial Assistant (1996-1997)
    Administrative assistant to acquisitions editor working in the fields of history, philosophy, and social studies of science.

    Teaching and Public Speaking

    Guest lecturer: Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, Harold Washington College, Young Chicago Authors.

    Speaker: Re-Thinking Soup (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum), Cafe Society (WBEZ and the Public Square), Of Other Chicagos salon series (ThreeWalls gallery), World Kitchen series (City of Chicago).


    Oberlin College, BA in philosophy 1990
    Certificate program in manuscript editing, University of Chicago School of General Studies, 1995
    Master Gardener certification, University of Illinois Extension (2007)

    References available on request.